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I saw three Pilots this weekend in LT. My Pilot had no problems with high elevation, low octane fuel and 7 degree temp.. heres a pic. Unforunately Its a bit map due to the file restrictions.

I give up, I dont know how you guys are uploading pics with a 200,000 kb restriction...
 

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Lars Nelson said:
I saw three Pilots this weekend in LT. My Pilot had no problems with high elevation, low octane fuel and 7 degree temp.. heres a pic. Unforunately Its a bit map due to the file restrictions.

I give up, I dont know how you guys are uploading pics with a 200,000 kb restriction...
Convert the Picture into JPEG or GIF format. Even paintbrush will let you convert if you don't have a graphic program.
 

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BMP files tend to be notoriouslt HUGE. Try saving it using, for example, a JPG format which uses compression to make the file size smaller.

As an example, the JPG image below is 15,215 bytes while the BMP version is 179,226 bytes!! Notice the difference in size (and they say "size" doesn't matter)? Here is the JPG:
 

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Awesome! We're taking our Pilot to the cold weather/snow for the 1st time this Friday (2/21) to Lake Tahoe. This morning I realized I have no cold weather clothes at all (60+ plus here all year around). My wife and I just got back from REI and Any Mountain. Both are having great Clearance sales on all their Winter stuff. Anyways, I'm stoked about the snow. I installed a full size spare and I got my cargo tray (to protect against the wet stuff). I'm real curious (and excited) to see how well the Pilot does in the snow and slush (I still got the Goodyear Intergrity's).

-Justin
 

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Awesome! We're taking our Pilot to the cold weather/snow for the 1st time this Friday (2/21) to Lake Tahoe. This morning I realized I have no cold weather clothes at all (60+ plus here all year around). My wife and I just got back from REI and Any Mountain. Both are having great Clearance sales on all their Winter stuff. Anyways, I'm stoked about the snow. I installed a full size spare and I got my cargo tray (to protect against the wet stuff). I'm real curious (and excited) to see how well the Pilot does in the snow and slush (I still got the Goodyear Intergrity's).

-Justin
I'm sure you are going to have fun driving in snow. I still have the Goodyears and don't plan on replacing them any soon. I am not sure how the Pilot will handle in off-road snow adventure, but on a paved road with over a foot of snow there were no problems. I had a blast driving the Pilot in the last two days in Central Ohio, we have over a foot of snow on the back roads and streets. It seems that most townships and cities ran out of salt and the Plows are super busy to pay attention to smaller streets an back roads.
 

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Just got back from Lake Tahoe last night...

The wife and I took the kids up for a weekend of skiing at Mt. Rose. Even with the 12" of new snow on the roads, crusing around in the Pilot was not a problem.

The only thing I should have done and didn't do was to bring along my new Yakima rack. Nevertheless, we were able to store 4 sets of skis (rented locally in LT), all of our bags, and 4 people in without much of a problem.

Things that would have the trip even more pleasant: Running boards and heated exterior mirrors.

There are two places that I can recommend on the north side of the lake if you're looking for a good place to eat. The 1st is Jason's on North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach. The 2nd is a new place called the Naughtly Dog which is on the same street about 4 or 5 blocks up. Kids loved it, wife loved it, and that's all that matters.

If we can manage it, one more ski trip next month to Lake Tahoe. That's the real reason why we bought the Pilot LX. Worth every penny of it.:D
 

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Thanks for the eating tips! This will be my son's 1st trip to the snow (he's 4). He's pretty excited! We will be visting Heavenly on the south shore. We aren't sure about the north shore yet. We might get there if we have the time. I just installed side steps yesterday. Figure that will help my son and wife get in and out fo the pilot with snow on the ground.
 

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Things I learned driving in Lake Tahoe...

Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose on the Nevada side are really great family oriented places for kids to learn how to ski. They are small, but all of the staff are really personable.

Be sure to be prepared just in case you get caught in a snow storm. A full size spare tire is absolutely essential as well as a good window shield scrapper/brush. Also get a set of all season mats for the front and rear seats.

I bought a premium set of "S" tire chains just cause I'm parnoid about driving on slick icy roads and the Pilot didn't come with all terrain snow tires. I bought the "diamond" set at www.tirechains.com.

As for any resturant in Lake Tahoe, the good ones will fill up quickly. So, once you're off the slopes at 4PM (general closing time for most resorts), get to them by 6PM or be prepared to wait up to an hour (or more) for a spot.

If you don't have any problems with taking kids to a casino, the food there is cheap and available 24 hours. You can get a huge breakfast in the morning for $4 or $5.
 

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I didn't even think about the mats or scrapper. Excellent idea. I'll have to swing by the dealer. Did you have to use the chains at all? There are no storms forcasted for the coming weekend, so I was thinking I wouldn't need them.
 

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Most likely, you will never need chains. When I left Lake Tahoe on Sunday night, the roads were for the most part clear from Truckee to the Bay Area. If you're concerned, just take your time and let everyone pass you. There's no need to rush yourself in an unfamiliar vehicle on wet/icy/snowy roads. Remember you have AWD and ABS brakes (don't pump the brakes, just steady pedal pressure).

If you come up on Highway 50 to get to the south shore, the road is a bit more steep and has more curved sections to it. If Heavenly doesn't suit you, try Sierra at Tahoe.

Other things to bring along.

1. Small towels for wiping skis and boots off.
2. Plastic trash bags for dirty laundry and keeping your stuff in the back dry.
3. A good pair of leather work gloves just in case you have to change tires. I still remember having to change my mother's flat tire in the middle of winter when I was 15. Had no gloves and froze my hands.
4. Water bottles. The altitude will tend to dry you out.
5. Flashlight and extra batteries. I can tell you a story about my son drained my car flashlight batteries playing his Gameboy.
6. Some emergency snack food just in case they close the roads.
7. Small blankets. The kids' roll up fleece sleeping bags work great.
8. A small piece of plywood or something similar to put underneath the spare tire jack. You can also put it underneath the tire if you get stuck. Not likely with the Pilot's AWD.

The list may seem foolish. But, I've used every item before at one time or another.
 

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Can't wait! We are heading up there on April 4 week-end. Thanks for all the tips! This will be my first time in the Pilot.
 
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